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Malala paints portrait of slain Rio councilwoman

IANS  |  Rio de Janeiro 

Pakistani Nobel peace laureate became a graffiti on Wednesday after painting a portrait of Marielle Franco, the gunned down here in March.

The bisexual Afro-Brazilian and outspoken leftist was slain along with her in downtown Rio de Janeiro, after attending a political event.

Malala, the youngest person to have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, spray painted the depiction of Franco on wall in a favela (shantytown) with the help of a stencil created by Simone Siss, reported.

Yousafzai, who turns 21 on Thursday, visited the favela to learn about a project headed by graffiti Panmela Cruz, better known by her artistic name, Anarkia Boladona.

The artist won the Global Leadership Award in 2010, the same award that was presented to Malala three years later, when the two first met.

Panmela is the of Red Nami, an NGO that seeks to empower and educate women on their rights through street art and other projects.

On Monday, Malala announced during an event in that she would soon launch a "personal" project in to promote girls' education, although she did not offer any further details.

According to Malala, who was shot by the when she was 15 for defending women's right to education, some 1.5 million Brazilian women are denied that right in the South American nation.



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First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 08:00 IST